Funding for Libraries and Library Workers

Free database: Visualizing Funding for Libraries
Using the data visualization technology from the Foundation Center, this free search tool allows users to search and view past funders and recipients of grants related to libraries.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Funding Opportunities (ALA)
Learn about the various awards and grants sponsored by the AASL.

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Awards Program (ALA)
Nominate your ACRL peer for an award, learn about and apply for research grants, and start a new ACRL award.

American Library Association (ALA) Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

Browse and search for grants, awards, and scholarships sponsored by ALA. Limit browsing to a specific ALA unit and award type, including ALA general scholarships for library school students, library support staff pursuing their MLS degrees, scholarships for underrepresented groups, and scholarships for speciality or practice areas.Many divisions may also have their own awards webpage. Most should still be listed here.

ALA Public Programs Office
Learn more about programming opportunities, get new ideas to promote cultural awareness in your community, and apply for programming grants.
Some specific grant programs and deadlines are available on the Programming Librarian’s website.

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Awards & Grants (ALA)
Learn more about the variety of awards, grants, and other opportunities for ALCTS members. Also, nominate a fellow ALCTS member for an award.

Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Awards, Grants, & Scholarships (ALA)
ALSC administers several awards to ALSC members, as well as scholarships for individuals interested in pursuing an advanced degree in children’s librarianship.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has four focus areas to help ensure that people around the world have access to information through public libraries. These areas include technology, research, training, and advocacy.

Chronicle of Philanthropy Grants and Grant Station
General information on philanthropy. Click on Grant Station, then Find Grantmakers to search for potential funding opportunities. Libraries are listed under Education. May need to be on campus or a UW-Madison student, faculty, or staff member to access.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Explore the variety of IMLS sponsored programs, including technological innovation and lifelong learning. Search for available grants by grant name, institution, or project type. Stay up to date with news and grants announcements by subscribing to the IMLS newsletter.

International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Exchanges Resources(ALA)
The IRRT International Exchanges Committee webpage as links to foundations that support international travel, funding opportunities, travel prep tips, and more.
For a list of specific grants and awards for international travel, see the ALA International Relations Office Awards page:

Library Grants Blog
Compiled by Stephanie Gerding, this blog is a list of grants related to libraries. Each list item has the deadline and a short description.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Search for NEH grants by division and applicant type. Use the free text keyword search box to limit results further. Subscribe to keep up to date with upcoming NEH grant program deadlines.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Browse or search for grant and award opportunites from the NSF. There are also listings of active funding opportunities from all NSF organizations by upcoming due dates and recently announced. Keep up to date by subscribing to the NSF’s RSS feed or via email.

Public Library Association (PLA) Awards and Honors (ALA)
Learn about the several service grants and awards available to public library employees and public libraries. Past recipients and description are also included.

Philanthropy News Digest (RFPs)
Philanthropy News Digest (PND) publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Search RFPs, browse by subject, and keep up to date by subscribing to PND.
NOTE: There is not a subject for libraries, but you can use the keyword search or browse through related subject, such as education.

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Awards Program (ALA)
Awards from RUSA fall into three categories: Achievement Awards, Books & Media Awards, and Literary Tastes Awards. Each section has a list and description of each award opportunity.

U.S. Department of Education – Federal Registry Listing
Stay current with U.S. Department of Education by viewing their documents, publications, and articles. Awards pertaining to education may be found here. Users can also submit comments and feedback on proposed rules, awards, and notices.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – Libraries for Everyone
A newsfeed of resources for libraries and library workers, including professional development and funding opportunities.

Wisconsin’s Certified Community Foundations
Explore a list of the WI Certified Community Foundations via the Community Foundation National Standards Board.

Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) Scholarships
WLA and the WLA Foundation offers continuing education scholarships and grants, as well as scholarships to attend library school.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Awards and Grants (ALA)
YALSA provides a list of grants and awards available to its members. There is also a section on scholarships, stipends, and fellowships for emerging leaders and students interested in young adult librarianship.